National Railroad Museum, Green Bay

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The National Railroad Museum is a railroad museum located in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin, in suburban Green Bay.The museum is one of the oldest institutions in the United States dedicated to preserving and interpreting the nation's railroad history. It was founded in 1956 by community volunteers in Green Bay. Throughout its history, patron contributions have continued to create one of the largest railroad preservation institutions in the United States.The National Railroad Museum has a large collection of rolling stock and spanning more than a century of railroading and a number of historic locomotives, including an Aerotrain, Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4017 (One of the world's largest steam locomotive types), and British Railways Class A4 No. 60008 Dwight D Eisenhower (ex-London & North Eastern Railway No. 4496 Golden Shuttle) and train used by the Supreme Allied Commander and his staff in the United Kingdom and continental Europe during World War II.In addition to the rolling stock, there is a museum building housing a wide variety of railroad artifacts, an archive, and photography gallery. There is also a standard gauge track around the perimeter of the grounds. There is also an 80ft high wooden observation tower with views of the river and Green Bay. The museum hosts an annual Day Out with Thomas event, where Thomas the Tank Engine pulls young friends past the exhibited rolling stock.
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  • The history of the Eisenhower Engine is worth the trip all on it's own. I attended a luncheon there, and we were presented with a very complete story of the train in WWII and how it came to reside in ...  more »
  • There were so many partially and fully restored trains to explore. The exhibits of train memorabilia were well-displayed and informative. The train ride was just long enough and provided a great amoun...  more »
  • It's after all the National Train Museum. Rather small for that distinction. They have a lot of trains and some are refurbished. Those are fun to walk through. Others are outside and you can walk thro...  more »
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  • This place was awesome! I am not a train guy, but my 22 month old son loves Thomas and Friends, so I thought he would enjoy seeing real trains up close. There is an indoor play area for kids with toy trains and exhibits. We took the train ride around the grounds and the conductor explained all the historical significance of the train engines and cars we passed by. There are some trains indoors which have been restored. You can walk around in them. I was impressed by the "Big Boy" steam engine. It is a great time for all ages.
  • Way overpriced. Very static feel to it. Neat to walk through some old trains, but there is very little explanation as to what you are viewing. No music or train sounds. I really don't know what else to say, but it was pretty stale.
  • Great place to see many cars and engines of days gone by. Much history preserved including Gen. Eisenhower's WWII train and a UP Big Boy. Well worth the visit.
  • Went for the Polar Express train ride. Well put together. Nice museum. Good for kids.
  • Love this place. Great time for all ages. Lots of interesting historical pieces to see and a fun train ride on a real train. From the largest steam engine to the kids interactive center in the Depot there is something for everyone.

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